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I have a cavity on the back of my front tooth.The dentist said that he could leave topical anesthesia on for 5 minutes so i won't feel the injection. Is it true? I'm scared.

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You may feel some slight stinging from the injection, but that should be all.

In brief: Yes

You may feel some slight stinging from the injection, but that should be all.
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: True

The topical anesthetic numbs the gum tissue to minimize the pinch.
I'm sure everything will be fine.

In brief: True

The topical anesthetic numbs the gum tissue to minimize the pinch.
I'm sure everything will be fine.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: True

Topical anesthesia soaked in a cotton pledget is applied to your gum at the site of the injection.
This penetrates well and the needle usually is not felt. Your dentist will inject slowly using distraction techniques so that you will hardly feel it. Don't worry - you will do well.

In brief: True

Topical anesthesia soaked in a cotton pledget is applied to your gum at the site of the injection.
This penetrates well and the needle usually is not felt. Your dentist will inject slowly using distraction techniques so that you will hardly feel it. Don't worry - you will do well.
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

Topical anesthetic for five minutes will usually numb the gums enough you won't feel the shot.
A laser used to remove the decay normally doesn't require a shot.

In brief: Yes

Topical anesthetic for five minutes will usually numb the gums enough you won't feel the shot.
A laser used to remove the decay normally doesn't require a shot.
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